Imatges de pàgina

It is a merry knight.---' Will you go an heirs ?

Merry Wives of Windsor, A. 2, S. 1. These knights will hack?; and fo thou shouldst not alter the article of thy gentry.

Merry Wives of Windsor, A. 2, S. 1.

I Will you go an-heirs ?] This nonsense is spoken to Shallow.We should read will you go on, HERIS? i. e. will you go on, Master? ---Heris, an old Scotch word for master. WARBURTON.

Mr. Steevens would read, will you go on heroes? or, will you go on hearts? and Mr. Malone thinks it should be, will you go and hear us?

Herie, in Spenser, is worship, worshipful, probably from herus, the head of a family; and one who is confequently intitled to respect. Shallow, it must be remarked is a country justice, the host may therefore fay to him, will you go on herie, or herus? meaning, will you go first, as you are worshipful, or distinguished by being a justice?

A. B. 2 These knights will hack, and so thou shouldst not alter the article of thy gentry.) Dr. Warburton is of opinion, that we should read lack, but I do not clearly see his meaning. Dr. Johnson thinks, that hack is said in allusion to the hacking off the spur's of recreant knights. Hanmer says, that hack means to turn hackney, or prostitute; and Blackstone, that the word back muit fignify, to become cheap and vulgar.

Thefe knights will back” is certainly very harsh. I am there . fore much inclined to read, " these knights will jack,” i.e. play the jack, in allusion to the proverb--- Jack will never make a gen. tleman. The sense is, This honour conferred on your husband will fignify nothing; he will still be Jack in his manners---it will not alter the article of thy gentility.

A. B.

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Y dear lady Disdain! are you yet living ?

Mucb ado about nothing, A. 1, S. 1. 'Thou didst swear to me upon a parcel-gilt goblet, sitting in my dolphin-chamber, at the round table by a sea-coal fire, on Wednesday, in Whitsun-week, when the prince broke thy head for likening his father to a singing-man of Windsor; thou didst swear to me then, as I was washing thy wound, to marry me, and make me my lady thy wife.

Henry IV. P. 2, A. 2, S. 1.
That's the lady; all the world desires her:
From the four corners of the earth they come,
To kiss this shrine, this mortal breathing saint.

Merchant of Venice, A. 2, S. 7.
Fair ladies, mask'd, are roses in their bud;
Dismask'd, their damask sweet commixture shewn,
Are angels vailing clouds, or roses blown.

Love's Labour Loft, A. 5, S. 2.

Constant you are ;
But yet a woman; and for secresy,
No lady closer; for I well believe,
Thou wilt not utter what thou dost not know;
And so far will I trust thee.

Henry IV. P. 1, A. 2, S. 3.

'Tis thought,
That Marcius shall be consul: I have seen
The dumb men throng to see him, and the blind
To hear hiin speak : matrons flung gloves,
Ladies and maids their scarfs and handkerchiefs,
Upon him as he pass'd : the nobles bended,



As to Jove's statue; and the commons made
A shower, and thunder, with their caps, and shouts.

Coriolanus A. 2, S. 2.

She, sweet lady, dotes,
Devoutly dotes, dotes in idolatry,
Upon this spotted and inconstant man.

Midsummer Night's Dream, A. 1, S. 1, ! O well-a-day, lady, if he be not drawn now!

Henry V. A. 2, S. 1.

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Those girls of Italy, take heed of them;
They say, our French lack language to deny,
If they demand.

All's well that ends well, A. 2, S. 1.
You taught me language; and my profit on't
Is, I know how to curse: ? the red plague rid you.

Tempest, A. 1, S. 2.


' well-a-day, if he be not been now!] I cannot understand the drift of this expression. If he be not hewn, muft fignify, if he be not cut down, and in that case, the very thing is fupposed which Quickly was apprehensive of. But I rather think her fright arises from seeing the swords drawn, and I have ventured to make a flight alteration accordingly. If he be not drawn, for, if he has not his sword drawn, is an expression familiar to our poet.

THEOBALD. I have not disturbed Mr. Theobald's emendation; but yet I think we might read—if he be not hewing. To hack and hew is a common vulgar expression.

STEEVENS. " Hewn" should be "hewin." Hewin, or hewid, in Chaucer, is coloured, Mrs. Quickly would say--if he be not coloured, if he be not in a pafsion.

That drawn is not the proper word, may be seen by turning to a subsequent scene of the play, in which Pistol is made to say, “O braggard vile, &c." and at which speech, in the old copies, is the following stage direction-(they drawe.)

A. B. 2 — the red plaguc.] I suppose from the redness of the body, universally inflamed.

JOHNSON. The cryfipolas was anciently called the red plague. STEEVENS.,



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L A U G H T E R. I will devise matter enough out of this Shallow, to keep prince Harry in continual laughter, the wearing out of six fashions (which is four terms, or two actions), and he shall laugh without intervallums.

Henry IV. P. 2, A. 5, S. 1. The brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to invent any thing that tends to laughter, more than I invent, or is invented on ine: I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other

Henry IV. P. 2, A. I, S. 2.
L A W S.

O perilous mouths,
That bear in them one and the self-fame tongue,
Either of condemnation or approof!
Bidding the law make court'sy to their will.

Measure for Measure, A. 2, S. 4

Your scope is as mine own;
So to inforce or qualify the laws,
As to your soul seems good.

Measure for Measure, A. 1, S. 1.
The pound of flesh, which I demand of him,
Is dearly bought, 'tis mine, and I will have it :
If you deny me, fie upon your law!

Merchant of Venice, A. 4, S. 1.

I beseech you,
Wrest once the law to your authority:
To do a great right, do a little wrong.

Merchant of Venice, A. 4, S. 1.

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By red plague, I understand lightning. The “red plague rid “ you,” 'is, as though he should say, lightning blaft you. "Lightning is called by the poets, the red-wing'd messenger of Jove. Caliban may be supposed to have observed the dreadful effects of lightning ; but how should he know any thing about thc erye fipelas?

A. B.

It is the curse of kings, to be attended
By, slaves, that take their humours for a warrant
To break within the bloody house of life:
And, on the winking of authority,
To understand a law. King Jobn, A. 4, S. 2.
We must not make a scare-crow of the law,
Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,
And let it keep one shape, till custom make it
Their perch, and not their terror.

Measure for Measure, A. 2, S. 1, It is the law, not I, condemns


brother : Were he my kinsman, brother, or my son, It would be thus with him.

Measure for Measure, A. 2, S. 2. We have striêt statutes and most biting laws, Which for these fourteen years, we have let sleep; Even like an o’er-grown lion in a cave, That goes not out to prey.

Measure for Measure, A. 1, S. 4.


L I F E.

Haply, this life is best,
If quiet life be best, sweeter to you,
That have a sharper known; well corresponding

your age; but, unto us, it is
A cell of ignorance: travelling a-bed;
A prison for a debtor that not dares
To stride a limit.

Cymbeline, A. 3, S. 3.

You, my lord, best know,
(Who least will seem to do so) my past life
Hath been as continent; as chaite, as true,
As I am now unhappy.

Winter's Tale, A. 3,

S. 2. What should be the fear? I do not set my life at a pin's fee;


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